The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

January 3, 2013

Local teams look to get on track

By Steve Keenan
Sports Editor

— Oak Hill enters Friday’s 7:30 p.m. matchup at the Lilly Center against Bluefield attempting to recover from two narrow losses last week.

Last Friday, the Red Devil boys dropped a 66-63 decision in overtime to host Lewis County to dip to 2-3.

“We had a shot (against Lewis County),” said first-year coach Walt Raines. “It was 59-59 and we missed a shot underneath.

“We could’ve won the game right there.”

That setback occurred on the heels of Oak Hill coming up on the short end of a 52-50 verdict to host Elkins the previous evening.

The northern swing featured the first appearance by junior guard Jalen Jones in the Oak Hill basketball lineup this season. Raines says Jones, a first-team all-state football player who has been hindered by an injury, will obviously be a huge boost for the Red Devils, but it will take him a little time to get up to speed after missing early practice and game time.

“Right now, with Jalen coming back, he doesn’t have a grasp of all the offense,” said Raines. “It’s kind of like we’re starting all over.

“But he’s an amazing player.”

While Jones has returned and is working his way into basketball shape, Raines says the Red Devils have been hampered of late by a foot injury suffered by 6-foot-3 center DeMarcus Hughes, who was sidelined for the Elkins and Lewis County games and will possibly be on the shelf a little longer.

“That’s a big loss for us,” Raines said. “He’s our best offensive post player.”

Players such as Joey Re, Kyalo Bradford and Kadrin Goodman will help fill the interior void (Re scored 14 against Lewis and Bradford had 12 against Elkins), but they make more of their contributions from the wing, Raines said.

Elsewhere last week, the Meadow Bridge Wildcats suffered a 69-48 setback to Independence Friday.

“Right now, we’re up and down,” said Wildcats coach Mark Gladwell, whose squad fell to 2-2. “We’re a different team at home than what we are on the road, unfortunately.

“The consistent effort we need to be showing just hasn’t been there.”

Independence’s size “gave us problems,” Gladwell admitted.

The Wildcats travel to Montcalm Friday before visiting Valley next Tuesday, Jan. 8. “We know they’re going to pressure us,” Gladwell said of the undefeated Greyhounds.

Also last week, the Wildcat girls team lost for the first time this season, a 44-42 setback to Richwood in the championship contest of the Wildcat Invitational Friday. And, the Midland Trail girls participated in a holiday tournament at Greenbrier East.

Below is a review of the recent games:



Lewis County 66

Oak Hill 63


John Riley scored 25 points to lead Lewis County past Oak Hill in overtime Friday in the Lewis County Tournament.

Jalen Jones scored 17 to lead the Red Devils and Joey Re had 14.

“Their big guy (Riley) was tough to handle all night long,” said Oak Hill coach Walt Raines. “And we were never able to get into a rhythm.”

Lewis County (4-2)

Brandon Montgomery 2 0-2 4, Jacob Davidson 0 3-4 3, Jon Jerden 2 0-2 4, Mark Morgan 1 0-0 2, Kyle Marsh 1 1-2 3, Dylan Gump 0 2-2 2, Skylar Carlton 2 7-9 11, Joe Nichols 3 1-2 10, John Riley 9 7-13 25, Tyler Gump 1 0-0 2. Totals: 21 21-36 66.

Oak Hill (2-3)

Jalen Jones 6 3-4 17, Josh Jones 1 0-0 3, Deon Marion 3 2-2 8, Marc Logan 2 0-0 5, Kyalo Bradford 2 3-6 7, Joey Re 7 0-2 14, Ervin Fruit 1 2-2 4, Chris Hysell 2 0-0 5. Totals: 24 10-16 63.

LC   12   17   16    14    7   — 66

OH   17    14   17    11   4  —  63

3-point goals — L: 3 (Nichols); OH: 5 (Ja. Jones 2, Jo. Jones, Logan, Hysell). Fouled out — none.



Independence 69

Meadow Bridge 48


Cody Collins scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Independence boys picked up their first win of the season.

Meadow Bridge got 12 points from Cole Porter and 11 from Cody White.

Meadow Bridge (2-2)

Cody White 5 1-3 11, Cole Porter 4 2-5 12, Logan Pomeroy 2 0-0 6, Marvin Bragg 2 4-4 9, Kaleb Farr 1 0-4 2, Craig Peters 1 0-0 3, Ryan Church 1 2-3 5. Totals: 16 9-19 48.

Independence (1-3)

Drew D’Angelo 6 2-2 14, Tyler McKinney 4 1-3 13, Bill Sargent 2 0-0 4, Brandon Treadway 0 1-2 1, John Powell 1 0-2 2, Austin Reed 1 2-2 4, Shane Greco 5 4-6 14, Cody Collins 6 6-10 18. Totals: 25 16-25 69.

MB    8    10    16    14    —    48

I    18    19    17    15    —    69

3-point goals — MB: 7 (Porter 2, Pomeroy 2, Bragg, Peters, Church); I: 3 (McKinney 3). Fouled out — none.



Richwood 44

Meadow Bridge 42


Breanna Mazzella poured in 19 points to lead Richwood over Meadow Bridge in the championship game of the Wildcat Invitational Friday.

Sarah Fleshman led the Wildcats (5-1) with 17 points and Allison Gilkerson added 12.

Richwood (4-3)

Hannah Brown 4 3-5 13, Breanna Mazzella 9 1-6 19, Jamie Bailey 1 3-4 5, Hannah Matheney 2 0-2 4, Demmi Smallwood 1 0-0 2, Hannah Green 0 1-2 1. Totals: 17 5-19 44.

Meadow Bridge (5-1)

Chandra Harrah 3 1-1 7, Allison Gilkerson 5 2-3 12, Sarah Fleshman 5 7-10 17, Caitlin White 2 0-1 4, Courtney Mullins 1 0-0 2. Totals: 16 10-15 42.

R    12    13    9    10    —    44

MB    9    16    8    9     —    42

3-point goals — R: 2 (Brown); MB: none. Fouled out — none.





Shady Spring 48

Midland Trail 29


The Patriot girls fell to the Tigers in the consolation game of the Spartan Holiday Invitational at Greenbrier East.

Marissa Workman led Midland Trail (1-5) with 10 markers.

In an opening-round game, Midland Trail lost 73-20 to the host Spartans.

Emily Carte tallied nine points for Midland Trail.

Shady Spring (2-7)

Morgan Hylton 6 0-0 15, Kelsea Collins 3 0-0 6, Kaylee Dickenson 8 0-2 16, McKenzie Severt 3 1-2 7, Morgan Brown 2 0-0 4. Totals: 22 1-4 48.

Midland Trail (1-5)

Kennedy Cochran 0  2-4 2, Emily Carte 4 0-1 8, Marissa Workman 4 1-3 10, Madison Syner 3 2-5 8, Jesika Cooper 0 1-2 1. Totals: 11 6-15 29.

SS    6    14    9    19    —    48

MT    6    4    6    13     —    29

3-point goals — SS: 3 (Hylton 3); MT: 1 (Workman). Fouled out — none.